Gronk Announces Retirement From NFL: ‘Time to Move Forward’

“Cheers to all who have been part of this journey…and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next,” New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski writes

Last Updated: March 24, 2019 @ 6:10 PM

Three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats and retiring from the NFL.

“Its [sic] time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life,” the Patriots tight end announced on Sunday via Instagram.

Gronk, who was drafted by the Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft, has set a number of NFL records, including consecutive seasons with 10+ touchdowns by a tight end, most seasons of 1,000-plus yards receiving by a tight end, and only tight end with 1,000+ career postseason receiving yards.

“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronk posted on Instagram. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”

He went on to express his gratitude to team owner Robert Kraft and Coach Belichick, for “drafting my silliness in 2010,” and, of course, he thanked the dedicated fans and his teammates.

“To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of,” Gronk wrote. “I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.”

Read his entire statement below.

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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